Monday, November 14, 2011
Grumpy Gertrude's Tea and Tea Swap
Aaargh, as Charlie Brown would say. Do you ever have those days when you really "shoulda stood in bed?" Well, this one is mine. I woke up crabby, warning my husband to steer clear of me. Early sunshine gave way to clouds and not much has gone right since. I am going to have some tea in the hopes that some sort of joy can be restored. I did manage to get a number of Christmas presents on line, so all is not lost.
I am going to make my tea in my new pot that I got at the big day on Saturday. It is the prettiest aqua. I saw it as soon as I walked into my favorite store. It didn't hurt that it was 1/2 price. The other nice thing was I've been looking for a slanted end spatula for my frying pans for about 15 years and that was there too. I have one I 've had since we were married 38 years ago and I am always afraid it is going to break. I can rest a bit easier, now. I should count my blessings, big and small and not fuss.
I am having Eiffel Tower, a vanilla flavored black tea from Blue Raven Teas. Yup, smells like vanilla. Himself will like this, vanilla fan that he is. Hmm, this is a much better vanilla than most I've tasted, which I usually really don't like. This almost moves into the good cake or cookie department. I brewed it for about 3.5 minutes at 212 degrees. It seems very sweet to me, so I definitely would not add sugar. With cream added, it ismuch more rounded. I still wouldn't buy it for me, but it is well done.
My new pot is a sweetie, very well-mannered - no spitting or dribbling.
Another reminder about the tea swap. Go to www.facebook.com/groups/teaswap/ or email me from my profile page. It's fun!